Fire and Ice


74-22280 operating in Alaska, mid 1980s.



              74-22280, Boeing build number B-699, was a CH-47C helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 19 December 1975. 74-22280 accumulated 1,873.0 aircraft hours. 74-22280 was initially assigned to the unit that would eventually become B Company - "Sugar Bears North", 4th Battalion, 123rd Aviation Regiment, located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Fort Wainwright was the former historic Ladd Field of World War Two era fame. B Company was the former C Company, 228th Aviation Regiment (16 October 1987 - 24 June 1994). C Company was the former 242nd Assault Support Helicopter Company (ASHC) - "Muleskinners" (located in Alaska from November 1971 through 16 October 1987). When United States involvement in the Vietnam conflict ended, 242nd ASHC was re-located from the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) to Alaska. The aviation unit in Alaska at the time was designated the 236th ASHC, 19th Aviation Battalion (April 1971 - November 1971). When the 242nd ASHC re-located to Alaska and re-formed, the unit name changed from "Muleskinners" to "Sugarbears" and the unit designation went from the 236th ASHC to the 242nd ASHC. At some point, the unit was split into two companies. One company remained in Alaska and became known as "Sugar Bears North". The other company, C Company, 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, was relocated to Fort Kobbe, Panama and became known as "Sugar Bears South". 74-22280 remained assigned to B Company through about October 1990. On 7 December 1990, 74-22280 was inducted into the D model program and converted to 91-00231. The last known location of 74-22280 was at Boeing during the conversion. Aircraft status: Converted to D model.



          The CH-47 - 40 years old and still circling the world.


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